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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful sequence of pictures. I enjoyed seeing the cubs as they are learning and growing. Thanks Jess.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, William!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

OH WOWZER what a fantastic sighting

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Jess, I loved leopards🤗

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Dear Jesse my heart jumped with joy and delight! Two cubs! They look healthy and happy. Hopefully their mum will be able to lead them to independence

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

It is very exciting! I hope the Nkoveni Female is successful in raising them!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Thank you for these gorgeous foto’s of the Nkoveni female and her two cubs. They are so precious I wish I could of seen them as well. They are enjoying themselves playing with each other and with mom. At last we know now there are two cubs, she is a stunning cat the Nkoveni female.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

It is good news and I hope one day you can see them too!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

One of our all-time favorite sightings was watching leopard cubs learn the tree climbing skill under the watchful eye of mom.(Going up is much easier than coming down!)
I was amazed at how long our group was willing to stay to watch the whole thing unfold.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

That sounds like an incredible sighting! Glad you got to see that!

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

The amazing gifts of the wild. Memories that will last a lifetime. All I can say is “WOW” and how lucky you and those who were there to see such an awesome siting
Great pictures! How exciting!!!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Love seeing the mama and cubs! Thanks for sharing this fantastic sighting!!!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Jess. Delightful article with wonderful pics too. Thanks so much. What a joy to see! Wendy M

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What a very special sighting for you, Jess. How old do you think the cubs are – 2-3 months? I was lucky enough to see Nkoveni playing with Plaque Rock back in Oct ’18, when she was about 6 months old. They treated us to a wonderful gymnastic display on a fallen tree, just a few feet away from us. (Alfie considered it to be one of his most memorable sightings, which is saying something when you look at how long he’s been a ranger).

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Hi Suzanne, they are around 3-4 months old now.

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

FABULOUS!!! The captures are not only exciting , but the expressions and motions of the little “Wugga-Wugga’s” are precious!
What a treat for you Jess! As much as your heart was pounding upon what became visible to you, mine is from afar! – It’s a relief to know that the cubs are alive and well! .. Likewise, they look to be eating well, as they look strong and healthy amidst their growth.
This I’m sure, will be a treasured moment in time for you never to forget! .. I feel blessed upon your sharings.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, Mama Lioness! A memory I won’t forget! Very exciting!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Such wonderful photos of the two cute cubs and their mom! Are the cubs still fine?

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Hi Christa, the last time I saw the Nkoveni Female and her two cubs was on the 29th of April. They seemed fine and healthy then, which is good news!

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh wow that’s absolutely gorgeous! What beautiful pics and what adorable Cubs!! Would have been so amazing to see! They are too cute! She looks like a great mumma too! ❤️

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Happy you were able to spend time with these young ones and take exceptional photos! So very special!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

This is a safari sighting dream come true!! Tiny active adorable fuzzy little spotty leopard cubs with their mama cavorting around! Just wonderful!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m so excited for you to view these two adorable cubs, whilst providing us with a fantastic series of photos documenting their practice session in climbing. Oh, to have been there!! Thanks Jess.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Gosh Jess, I just replied to Dan’s blog saying that I was sure it wouldn’t be long till the cubs would be seen and bam..the very next day there you are enjoying the most spectacular viewing of them all together. Stunning light and pictures..what a treat for you indeed 🙏🏻💗

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

What a cool sighting Jess, and I can imagine thrilling to witness in person!!❤️

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